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Craps Pass Bets

Don’t Pass Line

Craps pass bets are the most simple bets in craps for the beginner to understand. Pass and don't pass bets are the exact opposites of each other.

Craps Pass Bets

The craps pass bets consist of two bets.  One is the pass line bet and the other is the don't pass bet.  The pass and the don't pass bets are opposites.  What will win in the pass line bet will lose in the don't pass bet, and what will win in the don't pass bet will lose in the pass line bet.

The Table Layout

You will find the craps pass line bet is located on the outer edge of the craps table.  It will be the nearest bet to where you are standing.  The don't pass bars are situated just inside of the pass line.  On a full size craps table, there is a pass line and the don't pass bars on both sides of the table.  Each half of a craps table is the mirror image of the other half.  This ensures that all players will be near all the bets, especially the pass and don't pass bets.

Pass and Don't Pass Bets Explained

Both the pass and don't pass bets are simple to do and easy to understand.  This makes them ideal bets for the beginner craps player to study and begin with when playing in a casino for their first time.

Both of these bets are flat bets made before the come out throw and before a point has been made.  Flat bets are placed before each new game begins.  The bets cannot be adjusted after the come out throw.

Craps pass bets are self-service.  The players place these bets themselves, without the help of the stickman.  A dealer may place your bet on a craps pass bet if they are making change for someone.

Both these bet pay even money and the casino's advantage is not too big.

Pass Line Bets:

If the numbers 7 or 11 are thrown on the come-out roll, the pass line bets win.  If the numbers 2, 3 or 12 are the first thrown, this is considered that the dice have shown craps and the pass line bets lose.

Any other numbers thrown are called the point.  If a point is established, the pass line bettor will hope that the point number will be thrown again before a 7 shows up.  If the point does show up before a 7, the pass line bets win, and if a 7 shows up first, the pass line bets lose.

Don't Pass Bets:

As mentioned before, the don't pass bet is opposite to the pass line bet.  If the numbers 7 or 11 are thrown on the come-our roll, the don't pass bets lose.  If the numbers 2 or 3 are the first thrown, the don't pass bets win.  If a 12 is showing, the bet is considered to be a tie.

If a point is established, it is certainly worthwhile for the bettor to keep their bet in place, even though they do not have to.  Once a point has been established, the better has a slight edge on the casino.  The bettor hopes that a 7 shows up before the point number, so that they will win the round.